remove

verb
re·move | \ ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Definition of remove 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front

b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another

2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat

3 : to dismiss from office

4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs

2 : to go away

3 : to be capable of being removed

remove

noun

Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c

2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another

b : a degree or stage of separation

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Other words from remove

Verb

removability \ri-ˌmü-və-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ri-ˈmü-və-bəl \ adjective
removableness \ri-ˈmü-və-bəl-nəs \ noun
removably \ri-ˈmü-və-blē \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

clear, draw, take out, withdraw

Synonyms: Noun

distance, lead, length, spacing, spread, stretch, way

Antonyms: Verb

place, position, put

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb

Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office.

Noun

She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Regardless, the return — after a four-game suspension, the offseason's most recent setback — of Julian Edelman, who will be a year removed from his ACL tear by opening day, should largely offset any concerns in the receiving corps. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Patriots training camp questions: Will rocky offseason carry over for AFC champions?," 13 July 2018 Samantha Bee, just six weeks removed from apologizing for using a vulgar epithet to describe Ivanka Trump, was also nominated. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 More than two weeks later, a three-day rescue operation began, with the first four boys removed from the cave Sunday, then four more on Monday and the remaining rescued on Tuesday. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier cave diving experts: 'Never heard of anything' like Thailand rescue," 12 July 2018 Moore ordered Schnatter's name removed from the building Wednesday afternoon after Forbes reported that Schnatter used a racial slur. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Cardinal Stadium is Papa John's to name, but pressure mounts to change it," 12 July 2018 Another city also responded: The mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana — Schnatter’s hometown — ordered his name removed from its local field house on Wednesday. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman after using a racial slur on a call," 12 July 2018 Mark Willes, who was hired as chief executive of Times Mirror in 1995, had the Picassos and other artwork removed from the dining rooms and replaced with photography and other items that celebrated the work of Times journalists. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 The withdrawal would bring to at least $126.6 million the total amount removed from the water-sewer fund since 2012, to spend on unrelated city expenses. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale plans to use water-sewer money to balance budget — again," 9 July 2018 Lamont is the party’s endorsed candidate, eight years removed from his primary loss to Dannel P. Malloy, who is not seeking re-election after two terms. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Susan Bysiewicz And Ned Lamont Make Headway In Eastern Connecticut," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sweeney remembers walking outside, in the snow, hearing his own playing at a distant remove. Zach Baron, GQ, "Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, and Rick Rubin Talk ‘Superwolf’ As the Cult Album Finally Hits Streaming Services," 28 June 2018 After all these years, maintaining this remove is your right. New York Times, "What Do I Owe My Sociopathic Sibling?," 2 July 2018 But it will be deployed in situations of human desperation, a vast remove from the land of fun. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 Director Tarik Saleh shoots the whole scene at a bit of remove, the fire reflected in both characters’ eyes. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Westworld turns things up a notch in “Phase Space”," 28 May 2018 But unique to Santa Barbara was the venue's sense of spiritual remove, magnificently enhanced by a reverberant enveloping acoustic that gave Koh's violin a lustrous aura. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Jennifer Koh and the 'Shared Madness' of coming between a violinist and her violin," 30 Apr. 2018 For decades, America’s satellites had circled Earth at a largely safe remove from the vicissitudes of geopolitics. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 But fighting at a remove can be unsettling in other ways. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Yet, for fans intimately entrenched in the trio’s icy remove and Euro-centric soundscapes, Depeche Mode has always had its socio-political agenda. A.d. Amorosi, Philly.com, "Depeche Mode don't think their music can change the world. That won't stop them from trying," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of remove

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove

Verb

Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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Phrases Related to remove

far removed from

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remove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or take (something) away from a place

: to cause (something) to no longer exist

: to force (someone) to leave a job : to dismiss (someone) from a job

remove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a distance separating one person or thing from another

remove

verb
re·move | \ ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.

2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.

3 : to dismiss from a job or office

remove

verb
re·move | \ ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove 

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as

a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code

c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other words from remove

removability \-ˌmü-və-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
removable also removeable \-ˈmü-və-bəl \ adjective
removableness noun

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